Verdict: This realistic take is surely worth the reboot.
Reboots are a major part of discussions around studios today. Some hit the spot, while many may not. There's no reason that Tomb Raider doesn't. With a cast and crew comprising names most may not be aware of, they do not disappoint. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug, with a screenplay by Alastair Siddons and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
What's Tomb Raider About?
Unless you've been trapped inside a tomb, you'd know that the film, Tomb Raider, is a reboot of the 17-year-old franchise. And we've got to say – it is worth the reboot. Not to forget, the film series itself is based on a video game of the same name. This means it inherently incorporates tons of puzzle-solving, navigating through traps, and exploring of territories nobody dares to.
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) works as a courier, and after her father Richard Croft (Dominic West) is announced dead, she has to take over his business. While officially doing so, she begins to discover an entirely divergent side to her old man. She wastes no time in setting off on an adventure – a path that paves itself through a literal box of clues he leaves behind for her in the event of his death.
With the help of a drunken sailor named Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), she sets off to visit a dangerous island to get to, and an even more dangerous island to get out of. Trinity, an army of militants and slaves, led by Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins), works on excavating the tomb of Himiko, the mythical Queen of Yamatai, who was said to command the power over life and death. Their plan is to weaponize Himiko's supernatural powers to take over the world. Richard gave it his all to prevent them from finding the tomb, and in a video he leaves behind for Lara, he warns her to destroy his research. But Lara decides to investigate further.
From there on, this poor girl only suffers. It's as if every step she takes tries to ward her off with a warning, but she is too determined to stop. She's not got guns, but she's pretty fluent with her arrows. Got to commend her amazing upper body strength too! It sure helps her get out of tight situations.
More than anything, she's real. Apart from her skills with arrows, she could be you or me (unless you have a way with arrows too). She isn't trained in any aspect, but learns on the job and is driven by her bravery. While she may be naive, her confidence is fuelled by courage. She also happens to be the most intelligent Croft around.
Somebody said that Alicia Vikander is no Angelina Jolie. Well, Angelina is no Alicia either. While the earlier films received mostly negative reviews, Jolie was praised for her portrayal of Lara Croft. Sure, Jolie was badass, but the reason why Alicia's vulnerabilities come across as convincing is because that's what the character is about. Let's not forget we're talking about a young girl who just lost her father, and now has to take on daddy's legacy. Not to mention, her mother's disappearance when Lara was a child.
Some sequences, including her escape from captivity, are impressive. Such scenes make it worth the 3D rendering of the film. Barring a few supernatural instances, the storyline remains realistic. And we think that's where the film really works, in bridging the gap – if not just knowing the difference – between myth and reality.
What Could've Been Better:
Maybe a less stereotypical villain? Also, while a few scenes may be predictable, the screenplay manages to be engaging enough.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you're into adventure films, and if you have been a fan of the series (games or films), this is definitely worth a watch. It's certainly different compared to its predecessors, but that's a good thing.